Climbing & Rappelling

Climbing & Rappelling

Steve Miller

Climbing Committee Chair
Grand Canyon Council

The council climbing committee is dedicated to providing quality training and activities above and beyond the basic camping experiences of the Boy Scouts of America.

Find a certified climbing instructor in our Facebook group ––

Climb On Safely

Take online at

Climb On Safely is the BSA’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.

Merit Badge

For both climbing and rappelling

For the merit badge requirements and printable worksheets go to


Going up

Webelos Scouts are encouraged to engage in climbing and rappelling in a controlled environment with close supervision by certified instructors.


Coming down

When you’re rappelling or rock climbing as part of a BSA program, you are supported by a sturdy system of harnesses, ropes, and anchors.

Upcoming Climbing / Rappelling Events

BSA Climbing Instructor Training

Upcoming Training Event

BSA Climbing Instructor Training – Level 1

Even if you only want Level 2, Level 1 is required first. You can’t skip over it. Even just to renew a Level 2, you have to re-take Level 1. It’s an all new curriculum, and a new and improved way of training. 


January 26, 2022 (Wednesday) at 7:00pm Zoom call

January 28, 2022 (Friday) at 6:00pm at Coon Bluff until Jan 29 (Saturday) around 5:00pm. (Includes overnight camping, but if you live close enough and just want to drive home then that’s fine too.) 

February 18, 2022 (Friday) at 6:00pm until Feb 19 (Saturday) around 5:00pm. This second portion of the training will be much more hands-on, and we’ll be working with a Scout troop doing climbing and rappelling. We’ll have two locations for this: Coon Bluff and The Heard Scout Pueblo. 

If you can’t make the second weekend, still attend the first. We’ll have opportunities in the near future to complete the second portion of the training. However, both sections are required to receive a signed BSA Climbing Instructor card.



Coon Bluff (Mesa, AZ) —



On Friday, eat dinner before you come (or bring it to eat there), this will be all classroom work. Saturday breakfast and lunch will be provided.

If you have special dietary needs, please let us know.

You must bring a refillable water bottle. We’ll bring water to refill your bottle, but we’re not providing bottled water.




A Tonto Pass is required to park at Coon Bluff (you need to purchase your own, it’s not included in the cost of the class — a pass can be purchased at any gas station on the way there). Only one Tonto Pass is required for Friday-Saturday overnight camping, but a separate Tonto Pass will need to be purchased for the second weekend if attending at that location. 



Camping – If you are camping, you’ll will need to bring your own tent and camping gear. There are bathrooms available. 

Bring water bottle, a hat, and sunscreen if needed. Wear good hiking shoes. Climbing shoes are not required, but you’re welcome to bring them if you like.

All climbing gear will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own harness, gloves, and helmet if you have them. Each will need to be inspected by the instructors.

Please do not bring your own rope


Please review these concepts before class:

– Climb On Safely:
– Leave No Trace:
– EDGE method for teaching new skills:

Please review these knot tutorials before class:

Please review the Climbing Merit Badge requirements before class:


Got questions?

Contact Michael at